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Seattle Audubon Welcomes John Brosnan as New Executive Director

John Brosnan HeadshotOn May 5, 2016, John Brosnan will join Seattle Audubon Society as permanent executive director. John brings over 15 years of leadership experience in habitat conservation and environmental program management to the position.

“I could not be more thrilled to be joining this storied organization, especially during its centennial year and during the development of the new strategic plan. I am eager to roll up my sleeves and lend my skills and experience for the benefit of this large community. I’m simply delighted to begin this work and look forward to meeting all of our members and volunteers.”

John comes to SAS from Grist Magazine, where he has been responsible for securing over $1 million in annual giving from corporations and foundations. Prior to that, he served as the statewide land protection director for the nationally-accredited Minnesota Land Trust. While there, John managed the organization’s land protection team and personally oversaw completion of more than 30 conservation projects that protected 3,300 acres of critical habitats and 21 miles of sensitive shoreline.

He has also served as the first Baylands Program Manager for the Sonoma Land Trust (CA), where he led design and planning for the Sears Point Restoration Project, an $18-million dollar effort to restore 2,400 acres of watershed and tidal wetland habitats, including marsh restoration to support endangered clapper rail populations. He also served as the founding program manager for the San Francisco Bay Area Wetlands Restoration Program, a region-wide effort to coordinate 18 federal, state, and local agencies on tidal wetlands restoration policy, design standards, and management.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resources from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment and a master of public affairs degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He’s also completed a yearlong fellowship in sustainability studies at the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy in Sonoma County, CA.
When he’s not around the office, John enjoys spending time with his husband and their dog, cooking, reading, hiking, or gardening at their West Seattle home.


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